Local elections: Why has Labour lost seats?
Labour has suffered a net loss of council seats - starting from the low base of 2015 in many cases.The Conservatives have lost more than 10 times as many councillors, but what is remarkable is that the main party of opposition - around the mid-term of a not-very-popular government - has not made net gains.
German SPD youth chief lambasted for proposing collective ownership for big firms
The head of the Social Democrats’ (SPD) youth wing has unleashed a storm of protest in Germany, including from party allies, for saying firms like BMW should be collectively owned in a clear appeal to left-wingers before European and regional votes.
After Spanish elections, Podemos pushes for pro-austerity PSOE government
Since Sunday’s elections saw the fascistic Vox party enter parliament and a small plurality of votes go to the ruling, pro-austerity Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE), Podemos has embraced the PSOE. It is working to block the independent mobilization of the working class against the PSOE and growing far-right danger in Europe.
UN calls for Julian Assange's release from UK high-security jail
UN experts have called for Julian Assange to be released from prison and criticised the British government for breaching his human rights.
Malaysia frees Vietnamese woman accused of killing North Korean leader's half-brother
A Vietnamese woman who spent more than two years in a Malaysian prison on suspicion of killing the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was released from jail and returned to Vietnam on Friday.
Putin Signs Controversial Internet Law For "Centralised Traffic Control"
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed into law a "sovereign internet" bill which will allow Russian authorities to isolate the country's internet, a move decried by rights groups.
North Korea food rations hit record low level after poor harvest: UN
The North Korean regime has cut rations of food to 300 grams a day after the worst harvest in 10 years, the UN says. And a UN team found that 10.1 million people lacked enough food to take them through to the next one.
Taliban rejects calls for Ramadan truce in Afghanistan
The Taliban in Afghanistan has rejected calls for a Ramadan ceasefire and attacked the traditional council, or loya jirga, which made the proposal.The grand assembly is meeting in Kabul this week to discuss peace and called for an immediate ceasefire between the government and militants.
The Powerful Group Shaping The Rise Of Hindu Nationalism In India
Before dawn, men gather in a suburban Mumbai park to play team-building games, meditate, chant Sanskrit mantras from Hindu scripture and salute a saffron-orange flag — the color, sacred to Hindus, of robes worn by Hindu monks.
15 cops blown up as Maoists trigger IED on Gadchiroli road
Fifteen Gadchiroli police personnel and the driver of a private vehicle they were travelling in were blown up when Maoists triggered an IED blast at Lendhri nullah close to the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border on Wednesday afternoon in the worst attack on security forces in the area in 10 years.